A ‘huge’ benefit to local families

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‘HUGE MOVE’: Denise Jones (left), Yooralla Wangaratta hub manager Simone Kluckow and Sonya Fletcher were all smiles after last week’s Commonwealth-Victoria agreement to roll-out the National Disability Insurance Scheme. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

THE Wangaratta community hub manager of Yooralla – the state’s largest disability services organisation – says the Commonwealth-Victoria agreement to roll-out the long-awaited National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is “huge”.

Simone Kluckow told the Wangaratta Chronicle that the scheme could be expected to offer the people for whom Yooralla provides daily help more opportunities for independence and integration with broader society – and certainty.

Yooralla Wangaratta makes available day services for 44 people to help them to develop and maintain life skills.

They are among about 2600 living with permanent disabilities in the electorate of Indi.

The NDIS will be introduced in Wangaratta, Wodonga, Indigo, Towong, Benalla and Mansfield local government areas from October 2017 following what became Malcolm Turnbull’s first major act as Prime Minister after his election as Liberal federal leader last week.

He signed with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews the funding and commitment agreement that will provide lifetime support for people with permanent and significant disabilities that limit everyday activities.

The Commonwealth will cover about 54 per cent and the states 46 per cent of the scheme’s forecast $22 billion annual cost.

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